Thankful Thursday for 2015

I'm ending 2015 by joining Knit by God's Hand for Thankful Thursday. I'm looking back over the year for giving thanks for a year that wasn't spectacular by any means!

 For being able to take a couple of trips with CH. We started out the year in The Keys:
And went to The Outer Banks in July:
 For the best weekend of the year: I got to visit my sister at Texas A&M and really experience the "Aggie Spirit" first hand.
I also experienced "cousinpalooza": I got to see some of my cousins from my mom's side, and 1 from my dad's side:

(We saw more cousins, but somebody *ahem....if he's reading this, he knows who he is!* hasn't sent me pictures yet...or put them on FB!)
Honestly, this was hands down the best weekend of the year. It was surreal being there; it felt like I was going home. It was so cool to see signs to my mom's hometown as well as other towns that we traveled through on the way to see relatives during our visits as I was growing up.
 For having 17 years with this old girl:
  And 31 with this guy:
 For another year with my Daddy (who turned 90 in September):
 For seeing my babies all grown up:
 For my sisters:
 For comfort when I need it:
 For relaxation:
 For rides in the mountains:
And on the beach:
 For "Speech Besties":
(I swear we only had 1 drink!)
 And for coworkers who are willing to present at conventions with me:
 For fantastic co-workers (and a couple of awesome principals):
 For keeping up with old loves:
 And discovering new ones:
 For being an American. Our country isn't perfect, but it's the best we've got!
 I think that covers my year! What is something you're thankful for this year?


  1. Much to be thankful in a year...
    Cousinpalooza - that's awesome :)
    Your doggie is 17 years old?!?!?! That's so awesome... Our first Aussie was nearly 18 when she passed away. ... & we always want more years with them
    Thanks for linking up with me today!

  2. Looks as it hasn't been a bad year at all !

  3. Awesome post. I need to start keeping a journal!
    Happy New Year, may your blessings be abundant.....

  4. Cool with laying out your year like this; good way to look back! Your dad looks great for 90!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!


  5. Mary--you sure have a beautiful smile!!! If you ever find yourself in western NY--you let us know (smiles). Many Happy New Year Blessings to you and your family, I have so many things to be thankful for...

  6. Such a great thankful post. Love it. It really sounds 2015 was a pretty good year for you. Hoping 2016 will be even more blessed.

  7. Those are fantastic pictures and fantastic memories! Thanks for stopping by to say hello this morning and have a Happy New Year! :)

  8. LOVED this post!
    Gratitude is a beautiful thing.

  9. I love this! I think you have had a pretty great year!

  10. Such wonderful, happy photos!! Happy and healthy new year to you and your family!!! xo

    ~ Wendy

  11. "You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life." Sometimes we only to need to look back to realize it! Great post!

  12. I love this post so much. You've gone through a lot the past year or so....and seeing you SO thankful for all the good stuff is wonderful. I'm sure you noticed that all the good stuff really is FAMILY (and family friends). Great photos. Wishing you and your family a lovely 2016!! XOXO


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